Monday, January 31, 2011

We're planning to take a trip home to the South this spring.. & I'm not sure if it's just because I'm pregnant right now but most of my plotting planning has been where/what I want to eat when I get there! Ha!

 The top 3 things on my list so far:
 Southwestern Eggrolls from Chi!i's

and a chicken sandwich from Ch!ck-fil-@

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Nope, Not Yet

Thursday, January 27, 2011

On Monday I had a false alarm.. We went to the hospital but after a couple hours they determined that I wasn't in labor. It was actually a huge relief because my doctor has been out of town this week and I don't want to deliver with anyone else! We've been crossing our fingers all week and hoping little man can wait just a few more days if he decides to come early.

The braxton hicks and pressure have been coming more often and are starting to get a tiny bit more painful. Some days it feels like my stomach just stays hard all day from the braxton hicks. It's very uncomfortable. So lately I've been staying around the house trying to rest as much as possible. Not that I can do much anyway.. lugging this big belly around is not easy these days! And honestly, I'm at the point where I'm terrified to go anywhere because I don't want to be in public and have my water break! I can just picture it happening to me in W@lly World or something!! haha 

My next appointment is in a few days and I can't wait to find out if we've made any progress since the 19th when I was 1 cm. I'm also anxious to find out if baby boy has grown bigger! 

37 Weeks - Full Term!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I'm finally full term! Woo hoo!!

I had my weekly OB appointment yesterday. I had the doctor check to see if I've been progressing at all, and I'm at 1 cm! Even though I have been having an occasional crampy feeling & pressure, I honestly wasn't expecting to be dilated at all so it's a little exciting!

Today I had to go in for an ultrasound to check the amniotic fluid levels. On Tuesday and Wednesday Joel wasn't feeling as active as he normally does so the doctor wanted to check the fluids just to make sure they aren't getting low. Thankfully the levels were normal and he has been more active! And according to the ultrasound he is 8lbs 9oz! (J and I were both big babies so it's really no surprise that Joel is too!) The ultrasound could be a pound off though, so he could actually be 7 lbs 9 oz or 9 lbs 9 oz. So unless I go into labor on my own soon (which I'm hoping I don't since my doctor is going to be out of town for a week!!) we're just going to monitor his weight, and if he continues to get bigger I will more than likely have a c-section. Honestly I won't be upset if I need a c-section.. I would actually prefer it.. is that weird?

Anyway, here is our baby boy..  :)

{I can't wait to see if he will have dark hair like me or blonde like his daddy!}

A Baby Changes Everything - Part 2

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Growing up I was never shown an example of a Godly marriage. Instead I saw things that made me believe no one could be trusted and all marriages would eventually lead to heartache. I was terrified that the things I saw would someday happen to me so I vowed to never trust anyone 100%, that way when/if things came crumbling down I wouldn't be surprised or wounded.

Before J and I got married we went to premarital counseling and I was able to open up about those fears. The chaplain and his wife prayed with us after every session, and over the course of those few weeks God began to heal my heart and give me peace. I was finally able to see marriage as the beautiful gift that it was!

When I became pregnant all those fears came back to haunt me though. Mostly because all of the marriages I had been around to seemed to go downhill once children were brought into the picture. So while most women at this stage in their pregnancy are worried about labor pains or if they will be a good mother, I've mostly been terrified about how our marriage might change once we bring our baby home.

I've already mentioned that we're still learning to adjust to this shore duty routine.. so add that plus a new baby and yeah, I'm nervous. (Wouldn't you be?)

J has a bunch of leave saved up so he has decided to take a whole month off of work after Joel is born. I think it will be good for us. It will give us time to adjust and bond together as a family. And I'm praying it will help ease my fears.

* What are some things you worried about while you were pregnant? Other than labor pains or being a good mother..

Three Years

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

On this day
three years ago
my life changed forever.


 On this day
three years ago
I became a wife.

* Happy Anniversary, My Husband! * 
I love you!!

L&D Tour & A Checkup

Yesterday I had my pre-admission visit at the hospital. After filling out a ton of paperwork we were able to take a tour of the labor and deliver center. I was so nervous as the doors to the L&D opened up.. I kept praying that I wouldn't hear any screams from women in labor because I knew it would only freak me out and I would probably beg J to never take me back! Ha! Thankfully it was quiet.. BUT.. I'm still nervous. That's normal though, right? :)

Today I had my weekly checkup. I haven't gained any weight since last week and the doc says it's a very good thing because it means I haven't been swelling any more. We're hoping it stays that way (as far as the swelling) because it eases our concerns about the preeclampsia.

Next week I think the doctor might examine me to see if I've been making any progress. I'm really not expecting anything though. Not sure why but I just have that feeling.

Oh, and we're hoping Joel doesn't decide to come during the 24th-28th of this month because my doctor will be out of town! She said I did not have permission to go into labor without her. Ha!

Decorating Funk

Sunday, January 9, 2011

By now most pregnant women have the nursery completed...


Not me.

I feel like I'm in huge a decorating funk, y'all!

Before I became pregnant I had tons of ideas and knew exactly how I wanted to decorate the nurseries for our future babies. All that seemed to go completely out the window when I finally became pregnant, though! I have no idea why but I really struggled when it came to choosing a theme & what not.

If you remember I decided on a Curious George theme. I was excited that I was finally able to make up my mind and I couldn't wait to start decorating! Well... all that excitement has faded once again. I feel like I'm having a huge creative brain fart because I have no idea how to decorate the room! So far I just have the bedding. There is nothing on his walls and it looks dull. I hate it. But I have no idea what to buy or where to even look.

To make it worse we can't paint the walls. So we're stuck with the lovely government issued white. It's just.. BLAH.

I'm seriously considering writing to one of those home makeover shows to see if they will feel sorry for me help me. haha

Or... if y'all have any tips please share! Especially if you have ever lived in military housing--please share your tips on how you made it look homey and colorful! Because I really struggle with it!

Prego Update - 35 Weeks

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

  • Good news:  We only have a few more weeks to go!
  • Bad news:  My doctor is concerned about me possibly having preeclampsia.

OK, so let's start with the good news..

In just a few weeks our baby boy will be here! We're definitely starting to feel anxious, excited, and nervous around here. When someone mentions the # of weeks we have left it's usually followed by J saying "oh gawd, I think I'm going to throw up." haha He is joking of course. (I think..! ha) I just hope he doesn't really get sick or pass out while I'm in labor though! That would be horrible!

Now the bad news...

I noticed recently that my face looked a little swollen. I figured it was either swollen or all the chocolate candy I had during the holidays was suddenly catching up to me. When I would question my husband on whether he thought it was swollen or just fat he would always reply with "I don't see it." I honestly don't blame the guy though.. I mean, I wouldn't want to tell a pregnant lady "hey that double chin don't lie.. your face is either swollen or you're getting super fat."

Thankfully It's just swollen. My doctor noticed right away at my appointment yesterday, and since my hands are also still very swollen she said she is going to start watching me closely to make sure I'm not getting preeclampsia. If she thinks it's getting worse then she will have to induce me right away. Even though it would be exciting to finally meet our little miracle, we're obviously praying I don't develop preeclampsia so baby boy can bake a little longer!
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